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12 Day Kiwi Small Group Tour

Days
12

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$6790

North Island / South Island
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Overview

Embark on a road less travelled adventure and savour the magic of seeing the best of New Zealand. Encounter authentic Maori culture and geothermal wonders in the fascinating world of Rotorua. Swap stories and indulge in private lunches with your Kiwi hosts at Lake Tarawera and on a farm in mid-Canterbury. Explore Abel Tasman, Tongariro and Mount Cook National Parks before heading out to the magical landscape of Milford Sound on a cruise and special scenic flight.

Included Activities and Entrance Fees

  • Visit a working Kiwifruit orchard, meet the growers and taste the fruit fresh off the vine.
  • Cruise Lake Rotoiti on the luxury yacht “Tiua” and soak in the mineral hot pools on the edge of the lake, only reached by boat.
  • Meet the locals and learn about their Maori and European ancestors at Lake Tarawera.
  • Learn about geothermal history with a visit to Wai-O-Tapu.
  • Cross the Cook Strait from the North to the South Island on the Interislander ferry.
  • Enjoy a wine-tasting tour in Marlborough, New Zealand’s premier wine-growing region.
  • Take a cruise to the golden sands of the Abel Tasman National Park.
  • Meet a South Island farming family on a working sheep and beef farm and enjoy their warm hospitality
  • Experience Milford Sound, once called the ‘eighth wonder of the world’ on a scenic 2.5 hour nature cruise.
  • Take flight over the Southern Alps with a scenic flight from Milford Sound to Queenstown.

Included Sightseeing & Exploring

  • Travel the dramatic highway through the Karangahake Gorge.
  • Discover Rotorua’s impressive lakes of Rotoiti and Tarawera.
  • Explore Maori cultural connections in Rotorua.
  • Watch in awe as the powerful Huka Falls surge and visit the Wairakei geothermal power station, the first of its kind in the world.
  • Enjoy views of three active volcanoes from across Lake Taupo.
  • Take a gentle walk in the wilderness of the Tongariro National Park in the central North Island.
  • Explore the eclectic café scene, bars and restaurants in Wellington, New Zealand’s capital city.
  • Visit the exquisite Lake Tekapo and the stunning Church of the Good Shepard located on the edge of the lake.
  • Explore the diverse the flora, fauna and sights of the Aoraki/Mt Cook region.
  • Learn more about New Zealand’s gold-mining history as we pass through the beautiful Kawarau Gorge.
  • Explore Lake Wakatipu, one of the Great Southern Lakes.

Kiwi Small Group Tour

Kiwi Small Group Tour

Kiwi Small Group Tour

Kiwi Small Group Tour

Kiwi Small Group Tour

Kiwi Small Group Tour

Kiwi Small group Tour

Kiwi Small Group Tour

Kiwi Small group Tour

Kiwi Small Group Tour

Itinerary

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Day 1Auckland - Rotorua(B)

After connecting with your travel companions in Auckland our tour continues to Rotorua, via the lush pastures of the Waikato and fruit basket of the Bay of Plenty. Our first stop is the dramatic Karangahake Gorge for a stroll alongside the Ohinemuri River through native bush to the relics and ruins of this region's gold-mining past.

We pass through Te Puke, the Kiwifruit capital of the world, where we'll visit a working Kiwifruit orchard before continuing on to the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua. Along the way, at Okawa Bay, we board "Tiua", a 53ft catamaran for a relaxing sail on serene Lake Rotoiti to secluded coves and natural hot pools reached only by boat - a memorable end to an awesome day.

Stay: 2 Nights Novotel Rotorua Lakeside, Rotorua

Day 2Rotorua(B, L)

We’ve got two nights in Rotorua, so take it easy this morning! Perhaps stroll down to the lakeside, just minutes from your hotel, or enjoy one of Rotorua's many guided tours and attractions. Don’t miss nearby Ohinemutu marae, one of only two living Maori villages left in New Zealand. 

We'll head to the famous Lake Tarawera for a hosted lunch with our friends David and Karen, you’ll love them and their stories from their Maori and European histories.

Day 3Rotorua - Tongariro National Park(B)

No Kiwi holiday would be complete without a visit to the surreal, geothermal reserve of Wai-O-Tapu. The bubbling mud pools and incredibly colourful silica terraces are unforgettable.

From Rotorua we continue on our adventure to ‘Great Lake’ Taupo, for a stop at the famous Huka Falls. We’ll take our time and make plenty of stops around the lake to enjoy the magnificent views of our three volcanoes - Tongariro, Ngauruhoe and Ruapehu. These lunar landscape of the volcanic plateau are our next stop on tour, Tongariro National Park. You’ll love the grandeur of our home for the night ‘Chateau Tongariro’ at the foot of Mt Ruapehu, the perfect spot to stretch your legs on a short walk before dinner.

Stay: 1 Night The Chateau Tongariro, National Park

Day 4Tongariro National Park - Wellington(B)

After a relaxed breakfast at the historic Chateau Tongariro we drive up the mountain road to the Top of the Bruce to enjoy panoramic views over the volcanic plateau. We drive around the slopes of Mt Ruapehu before we make our way down the centre of the island to our capital Wellington.

We stay two nights in Wellington as we reckon you can’t miss "the coolest little capital in the world". We’ll check out the city's sights and head up Mt Victoria for the stunning views over the harbour before getting settled for the night. We’re right in the heart of Wellington's vibrant hub of museums, theatres, galleries, boutiques and cafes.

Stay: 2 Nights The Bolton Hotel Wellington

Day 5Wellington(B)

The day is yours to enjoy, you are at the heart of all the action at The Bolton Hotel, a short walk to the waterfront, Te Papa National Museum and all the eateries and boutique breweries that Wellington is famous for.

Wellington is also the spiritual home of "The Lord of Rings" where you can visit Weta Workshop and see how all the props are made or drop into the Embassy theatre which hosted the world premier back in 2003. If wildlife is your thing then you'll love Zealandia, visit and learn about their 500 year plan to return native birldife to the capital.

Day 6Wellington - Interislander Ferry - Nelson(B,L)

We cruise on the Interislander ferry across Cook Strait and into beautiful Queen Charlotte Sound to Picton to plant our feet firmly on “Te Waka a Maui”, the South Island. Our first port of call is Forrest Wines for tasting and lunch with a local right in the heart of the world famous Marlborough sauvignon blanc region.

From wine country we head through the heart of Marlborough toward Nelson, the sunshine capital of New Zealand and gateway to the Abel Tasman National Park. Along the way we cross the Pelorus River bridge, scene of the Barrel Run from the Hobbit movies. In Nelson relax and unpack, this is home for two nights.

Stay: 2 Nights Trailways Hotel, Nelson

Day 7Abel Tasman National Park(B,L)

Today is a highlight of the tour for many people – everyone has seen stunning photos of Abel Tasman National Park and now you’re here. Take your pick from a full scenic cruise or a cruise/walk combo to walk a section of the coastal track, one of New Zealand’s Great Walks.

The coast is dotted with islands just offshore, sheltered bays, estuaries and golden sand beaches. Lie on the beach, or go for a swim, keeping your eye out for dolphins who often make an appearance. After your magical day out we'll return to Nelson for another night.

Day 8Nelson - Kaikoura(B)

Heading towards Kaikoura the road hugs the rugged coastline between the Pacific Ocean and the Kaikoura Ranges and the views are truly spectacular. Your afternoon is free to explore Kaikoura’s bountiful marine wildlife - a result of the ocean canyon close offshore. One of the many highlights is viewing the seal colony with a backdrop of the Kaikoura mountains and coastline.

There are many optional excursions including whale watching cruises and flights. For those keen on an easy walk the Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway offers a chance to explore the headland and enjoy the Pacific Ocean views with some interesting Maori history along the way.

Stay: 1 Night White Morph Motor Inn, Kaikoura

Day 9Kaikoura - Aoraki/Mt Cook(B, L)

Leaving the coast we drive over the Hunderlee Hills to the Canterbury Plains. We stop for a special lunch at Akaunui, a 100-year-old homestead surrounded by large gardens and dine on wonderful fresh produce prepared by your warm hosts Di and Ian Mackenzie. Get a great insight into life on a working sheep and dairy farm.

After lunch we continue through Burke's Pass to the spectacular Mackenzie Country for sweeping vistas of tussock lands and the Southern Alps. We’ll make plenty of stops en route, we can’t miss the Church of the Good Shepherd at Lake Tekapo and the unreal turquoise blue of glacier fed Lake Pukaki.

Stay: 1 Night the Hermitage, Aoraki/Mt Cook

Day 10Aoraki/Mt Cook - Queenstown(B)

Always a memorable time on tour, your day in Mount Cook, New Zealand’s highest mountain and ‘home ground’ of the most famous Kiwi of all, Sir Edmund Hillary. Take your pick from exploring the dramatic landscape on one of the many easy walking tracks around the village, or make it an experience you’ll never forget with a boat cruise on the glacial lake, a scenic flight or a heli hike high up on the Tasman Glacier!

After lunch we’ll head south, over the Lindis Pass and through the rugged scenery of the Kawarau Gorge onto Queenstown – the adventure capital of New Zealand. Tonight take your pick from the best of Queenstown's restaurants and bars, all an easy walk from our home for the next three nights!

Stay: 3 Nights Scenic Suites, Queenstown

Day 11Milford Sound Day Trip(B)

Today is all about the one and only Milford Sound, from Queenstown we follow the shores of the great southern lakes before heading into the heart of Fiordland National Park on the spectacular Milford Road. Everything you’ve heard is true, this is unreal countryside.

On arrival into Milford head out onto the water on our cruise out onto the sound, dominated by iconic Mitre Peak and home to birdlife, seal colonies and pods of dolphins. A magical flight over the Southern Alps returns us to Queenstown at the end of a fantastic day of touring by land, sea and air. The very best of Milford!

Day 12Queenstown(B)

Today is yours to make the most of the infinite choice of day tours and activities Queenstown has to offer, your "Kiwi Guide" will be right there to help. What do we love in Queenstown? A jet boat ride on the remote and beautiful Dart River in "The Lord of the Rings" scenery, walking along the lakeshore and the Botanic Gardens or take a thrilling raft ride on the Kawarau River. Other favourites are wine tasting in the celebrated boutique vineyards of Central Otago, golf on one of New Zealand’s best courses, a day walk on the famous Routeburn Track or cruising Lake Wakatipu on the 1912 Steamship, the TSS "Earnslaw".

After your activity fly out in the evening or do what many of our travellers do and extend your stay a day or two in Queenstown ­the MoaTrek team will be happy to make additional accommodation recommendations in Queenstown.

Cost per person

Oct 2021 - April 2023

  • Twin:   NZ$6,790
  • Single: NZ$8,490

* NZ$300 Deposit per person on booking, balance 30 days before departure.

Baggage Please note:  Try to keep to one suitcase weighing around 23kgs and one small carry on bag.

Pricing: Single share price is base on one person in a single room. Twin share price is based on 2 people sharing one room.

Itinerary

Open All
Day 1Auckland - Rotorua(B)

After connecting with your travel companions in Auckland our tour continues to Rotorua, via the lush pastures of the Waikato and fruit basket of the Bay of Plenty. Our first stop is the dramatic Karangahake Gorge for a stroll alongside the Ohinemuri River through native bush to the relics and ruins of this region's gold-mining past.

We pass through Te Puke, the Kiwifruit capital of the world, where we'll visit a working Kiwifruit orchard before continuing on to the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua. Along the way, at Okawa Bay, we board "Tiua", a 53ft catamaran for a relaxing sail on serene Lake Rotoiti to secluded coves and natural hot pools reached only by boat - a memorable end to an awesome day.

Stay: 2 Nights Novotel Rotorua Lakeside, Rotorua

Day 2Rotorua(B, L)

We’ve got two nights in Rotorua, so take it easy this morning! Perhaps stroll down to the lakeside, just minutes from your hotel, or enjoy one of Rotorua's many guided tours and attractions. Don’t miss nearby Ohinemutu marae, one of only two living Maori villages left in New Zealand. 

We'll head to the famous Lake Tarawera for a hosted lunch with our friends David and Karen, you’ll love them and their stories from their Maori and European histories.

Day 3Rotorua - Tongariro National Park(B)

No Kiwi holiday would be complete without a visit to the surreal, geothermal reserve of Wai-O-Tapu. The bubbling mud pools and incredibly colourful silica terraces are unforgettable.

From Rotorua we continue on our adventure to ‘Great Lake’ Taupo, for a stop at the famous Huka Falls. We’ll take our time and make plenty of stops around the lake to enjoy the magnificent views of our three volcanoes - Tongariro, Ngauruhoe and Ruapehu. These lunar landscape of the volcanic plateau are our next stop on tour, Tongariro National Park. You’ll love the grandeur of our home for the night ‘Chateau Tongariro’ at the foot of Mt Ruapehu, the perfect spot to stretch your legs on a short walk before dinner.

Stay: 1 Night The Chateau Tongariro, National Park

Day 4Tongariro National Park - Wellington(B)

After a relaxed breakfast at the historic Chateau Tongariro we drive up the mountain road to the Top of the Bruce to enjoy panoramic views over the volcanic plateau. We drive around the slopes of Mt Ruapehu before we make our way down the centre of the island to our capital Wellington.

We stay two nights in Wellington as we reckon you can’t miss "the coolest little capital in the world". We’ll check out the city's sights and head up Mt Victoria for the stunning views over the harbour before getting settled for the night. We’re right in the heart of Wellington's vibrant hub of museums, theatres, galleries, boutiques and cafes.

Stay: 2 Nights The Bolton Hotel Wellington

Day 5Wellington(B)

The day is yours to enjoy, you are at the heart of all the action at The Bolton Hotel, a short walk to the waterfront, Te Papa National Museum and all the eateries and boutique breweries that Wellington is famous for.

Wellington is also the spiritual home of "The Lord of Rings" where you can visit Weta Workshop and see how all the props are made or drop into the Embassy theatre which hosted the world premier back in 2003. If wildlife is your thing then you'll love Zealandia, visit and learn about their 500 year plan to return native birldife to the capital.

Day 6Wellington - Interislander Ferry - Nelson(B,L)

We cruise on the Interislander ferry across Cook Strait and into beautiful Queen Charlotte Sound to Picton to plant our feet firmly on “Te Waka a Maui”, the South Island. Our first port of call is Forrest Wines for tasting and lunch with a local right in the heart of the world famous Marlborough sauvignon blanc region.

From wine country we head through the heart of Marlborough toward Nelson, the sunshine capital of New Zealand and gateway to the Abel Tasman National Park. Along the way we cross the Pelorus River bridge, scene of the Barrel Run from the Hobbit movies. In Nelson relax and unpack, this is home for two nights.

Stay: 2 Nights Trailways Hotel, Nelson

Day 7Abel Tasman National Park(B,L)

Today is a highlight of the tour for many people – everyone has seen stunning photos of Abel Tasman National Park and now you’re here. Take your pick from a full scenic cruise or a cruise/walk combo to walk a section of the coastal track, one of New Zealand’s Great Walks.

The coast is dotted with islands just offshore, sheltered bays, estuaries and golden sand beaches. Lie on the beach, or go for a swim, keeping your eye out for dolphins who often make an appearance. After your magical day out we'll return to Nelson for another night.

Day 8Nelson - Kaikoura(B)

Heading towards Kaikoura the road hugs the rugged coastline between the Pacific Ocean and the Kaikoura Ranges and the views are truly spectacular. Your afternoon is free to explore Kaikoura’s bountiful marine wildlife - a result of the ocean canyon close offshore. One of the many highlights is viewing the seal colony with a backdrop of the Kaikoura mountains and coastline.

There are many optional excursions including whale watching cruises and flights. For those keen on an easy walk the Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway offers a chance to explore the headland and enjoy the Pacific Ocean views with some interesting Maori history along the way.

Stay: 1 Night White Morph Motor Inn, Kaikoura

Day 9Kaikoura - Aoraki/Mt Cook(B, L)

Leaving the coast we drive over the Hunderlee Hills to the Canterbury Plains. We stop for a special lunch at Akaunui, a 100-year-old homestead surrounded by large gardens and dine on wonderful fresh produce prepared by your warm hosts Di and Ian Mackenzie. Get a great insight into life on a working sheep and dairy farm.

After lunch we continue through Burke's Pass to the spectacular Mackenzie Country for sweeping vistas of tussock lands and the Southern Alps. We’ll make plenty of stops en route, we can’t miss the Church of the Good Shepherd at Lake Tekapo and the unreal turquoise blue of glacier fed Lake Pukaki.

Stay: 1 Night the Hermitage, Aoraki/Mt Cook

Day 10Aoraki/Mt Cook - Queenstown(B)

Always a memorable time on tour, your day in Mount Cook, New Zealand’s highest mountain and ‘home ground’ of the most famous Kiwi of all, Sir Edmund Hillary. Take your pick from exploring the dramatic landscape on one of the many easy walking tracks around the village, or make it an experience you’ll never forget with a boat cruise on the glacial lake, a scenic flight or a heli hike high up on the Tasman Glacier!

After lunch we’ll head south, over the Lindis Pass and through the rugged scenery of the Kawarau Gorge onto Queenstown – the adventure capital of New Zealand. Tonight take your pick from the best of Queenstown's restaurants and bars, all an easy walk from our home for the next three nights!

Stay: 3 Nights Scenic Suites, Queenstown

Day 11Milford Sound Day Trip(B)

Today is all about the one and only Milford Sound, from Queenstown we follow the shores of the great southern lakes before heading into the heart of Fiordland National Park on the spectacular Milford Road. Everything you’ve heard is true, this is unreal countryside.

On arrival into Milford head out onto the water on our cruise out onto the sound, dominated by iconic Mitre Peak and home to birdlife, seal colonies and pods of dolphins. A magical flight over the Southern Alps returns us to Queenstown at the end of a fantastic day of touring by land, sea and air. The very best of Milford!

Day 12Queenstown(B)

Today is yours to make the most of the infinite choice of day tours and activities Queenstown has to offer, your "Kiwi Guide" will be right there to help. What do we love in Queenstown? A jet boat ride on the remote and beautiful Dart River in "The Lord of the Rings" scenery, walking along the lakeshore and the Botanic Gardens or take a thrilling raft ride on the Kawarau River. Other favourites are wine tasting in the celebrated boutique vineyards of Central Otago, golf on one of New Zealand’s best courses, a day walk on the famous Routeburn Track or cruising Lake Wakatipu on the 1912 Steamship, the TSS "Earnslaw".

After your activity fly out in the evening or do what many of our travellers do and extend your stay a day or two in Queenstown ­the MoaTrek team will be happy to make additional accommodation recommendations in Queenstown.

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